The Co-Chairs of Religious Witness for the Earth include:
Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian
The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian is the Senior Minister of the Haydenville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Haydenville, MA. The former Dean of Religious Life at Mount Holyoke College, Rev. Ayvazian has been active in movements for social justice, peace and environmental sustainability since the 1970s. The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and educational materials, Rev. Ayvazian's new book Psalms in Ordinary Voices is forthcoming. As one of the co-chairs of Religious Witness for the Earth, Rev. Ayvazian walked across the state of Massachusetts on the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue in March 2007 and she has continued to help people of faith understand that our work to stop global warming is part of our call to be faithful stewards of God's creation. Website: haydenvillechurch.org
Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, writer, and climate activist. After 25 years in parish ministry, Margaret is taking up a new position in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts as Missioner of Creation Care. Her books include Holy Hunger (Vintage, 2000), a memoir about the spiritual longing behind addiction; Christ’s Passion, Our Passions (Cowley, 2002), about the power of forgiveness, compassion, and hope in light Jesus’ last words from the cross; and Joy of Heaven, to Earth Come Down (Forward Movement, 2012), a collection of daily Advent/Christmas meditations on the sacredness of the natural world. Margaret’s work has also been published in journals and in collections of sermons, essays, and prayers. Since 1986 she has been leading spiritual retreats and workshops across the country, and for more than ten years she taught courses on prayer and spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School, a seminary in Cambridge, Mass. She is a member of the Working Board of Better Future Project, and has been a leader in Religious Witness for the Earth since her arrest in 2001 at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She lives with her family in Northampton, Mass. Her Website: holyhunger.org.
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda MD (an EPA Energy Star Congregation), has been with RWE since the beginning. Widely involved in his local community, Fred is currently President of the Washington Board of Rabbis. He is also a veteran of Jewish and interfaith environmental efforts, serving on the boards of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Shalom Center, and Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light. Website: www.adatshalom.net
Rev. Fred Small
Rev. Fred Small is minister of First Parish in Cambridge - Unitarian Univerasalist, and co-chair of Religious Witness for the Earth. After graduating from Yale (BA, American Studies) and the University of Michigan (JD, MS Natural Resources), Fred worked as a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation. Fred left CLF to tour internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades. Fred earned his MDiv degree from Harvard in 1999. In July 2007, Grist Magazine named Fred one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide. Website: www.firstparishcambridge.org
The Leadership Council includes:
Anne D. (Andy) Burt
The Advisory Board includes:
Rev. Rosemary Bray NcNatt
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Additional Religious Witness for the Earth Affiliates include:
Rev. Reebee Kavich Girash
In the summer of 2011, Rev. Reebee Kavich Girash signed on as Outreach Coordinator for RWE. Currently serving as the Denominational Counselor to United Church of Christ students at Harvard Divinity School, Reebee has been a settled pastor as well as a sabbatical interim pastor. She serves on the Working Board of Better Future Project and on the Board of City Mission Society of Boston. She is glad for the opportunity to focus some spiritual and vocational energy on climate action. She lives with her husband and son in Arlington, Massachusetts and is on the Community Ministers Team at First Church in Somerville, UCC. Reebee can be reached via outreach <at > rwearth.org.
Bob Luoma volunteers as a designer and technical advisor for RWE's website.